5 tips to assist with your menstrual cup removal.
It is often daunting looking at the size of a menstrual cup and trying to work out how you are supposed to insert it, however, once you have successfully inserted the cup, you may then need these menstrual cup removal tips to help make the removal process a bit easier.
1. Bear down
Sometimes a menstrual cup will move up the vaginal canal. This is completely normal and part of the cup finding it’s ‘sweet spot’ to sit. While this is nothing to be alarmed about, it can make reaching the cup for removal a little more difficult. If the cup does move up in the vaginal canal and becomes harder to reach, simply push down in a series of motions (or bear down) with your stomach muscles (similar to having a bowel movement), reach inside the vagina and use the cup stem as a guide to help you reach the base of the cup. DO NOT pull the cup out by the stem, simply use the stem as a guide.
If you still cannot reach the cup, squat on the floor or lift one leg up and rest your foot on the toilet seat or edge of the bath. This will help lower the cup and make it easier to reach since this position shortens the vagina.
Similar to when inserting the cup, when removing the cup, make sure that you are relaxed so that your vaginal muscles do not become tense. If you feel yourself getting tense, take a few deep breaths, go and do something else for a few minutes and then try again. There is usually no urgency to remove a cup straight away, so take your time and don’t try removing for the first time if you already have a lot on for the day. We would also recommend you try inserting and removing a couple of times before you begin your cycle, so you are not also worried about spilling or needing to empty menstrual fluid.
4. Grip and pinch
Ensure your hands are clean and your fingers are completely dry. The drier your fingers are, the easier menstrual cup removal will be, as you can get a better grip on the cup. It may also be useful to reach up and dry the base of the cup with a little bit of toilet paper to ensure you can get the best grip. reach inside the vagina and pull on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch as far up the cup (as close to the top rim) as possible and squeeze it for a few seconds to give the seal time to break.
Once you have squeezed the base to release the air, pull the cup out at a sideways angle. This allows more air to enter the vagina, and it will then be able to be removed easily.
5. Break the side seal
Finally, if the pinch and squeeze method doesn’t work, you can carefully insert one finger up the side of the cup and sort of push it in to break the seal. Some women find this method easier than the grip and pinch method.